With 30% of British children living in poverty and the impact of COVID-19 hitting families hard, Perennial is ready to support children of those working in horticulture with their return to school this September.
This is essential help at a time when many families are struggling to meet the cost of food and other essentials.
A recent survey by the National Education Union revealed teachers shared widespread concern about school uniforms with children wearing ill-fitting clothing, no coats or socks, and shoes with holes in them.
This not only causes a deep emotional impact on children but also their success at school, with children from poorer backgrounds falling behind their more affluent peers throughout all stages of education.
The professional and friendly team at Perennial can help families access the government support that can make a long-term difference to their lives, along with providing a safety net of financial help, where at least one parent or carer works or has recently worked in horticulture.
Many people simply can’t afford new uniform
Perennial’s support scheme was launched in 2019 and was very well received with one parent saying, “I am relieved and humbled that you have helped us with the children’s uniform and shoes. Thank you so much for your support and advice too. It feels financially overwhelming at the moment and we are grateful for this help.”
According to a report by The Children’s Society, the average cost of secondary school uniform, per year per child, is £337. Parents of primary school age children spend an average of £315 per year, per child. Many people simply can’t afford new uniform and for those forced to purchase uniform from specific suppliers, the costs can result in debt or the family going without other essentials.
Families can receive help towards the cost of school uniform and PE kit by visiting perennial.org.uk/backtoschool.